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Is OSB Airtight?

Builders and researchers in North America and Europe report that air can leak right through oriented strand board Most builders assume — and GBA has long reported — that oriented…

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Turn Up the Heat by Doing Jumping Jacks

“There’s the story of the passive house in New England,” said architect Richard Pedranti, of Milford, PA. “It was minus 10, and they needed to raise the temperature, so they…

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RPA Breaks Ground on first Passive House in Pike County

Local Architect Designs and Builds Energy Efficient Home in Hawley, PA Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA), a full service architecture firm focusing on energy efficient design, broke ground last month on…

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RPA Receives Award for High-Performance Historic Preservation Project

Pike County Historic Preservation Trust Recognizes Richard Pedranti Architect’s Restoration of Milford’s Historic Anthony Brooks Building after a Devastating Fire. A historic preservation project by Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA), a…

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OSB as an Air Barrier

Building codes are getting tougher about airtightness. In the 2012 International Energy Efficiency Code (IEEC), blower-door testing is required for new homes, and the limits have gotten stricter. While the…

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Trust Honors Stewards of Historic Milford Architecture

MILFORD – Last week, at Hotel Fauchere, the Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County announced the first recipient of their new annual Stewardship Leadership awards program that recognizes community members,…

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Passive House Cuts Energy Use By Up To 90 Percent

  MILFORD — The first Passive House is being built in Pike County. It is a super-insulated. Sustainable energy-efficient single-family home. The concept is to heavily insulate to reduce heating…

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Video: Save Homeowner Thousands

“The only sensible thing to do in the 21st century is to build a house that uses the least amount of energy possible,” explains owner Delcan Mulhall. Watch Channel 16…